Great things happen on Tuesday’s. We continue to talk about the Law of Contribution. Former President Jimmy Carter once had a quote that I feel fits perfectly with this concept.
I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try and make a difference.
Well said, Jimmy. The giving of our time, expertise, and resources without expecting something in return is an unselfish act that makes the world a better place. And here is the thing, the more you focus on others wants and needs, the more your needs are met as well. In contrast, when you choose to hoard what you have, rather than give, “you become the center of your own lonely universe and you become less content, not more.”
There are several ways to cultivate an attitude of contribution. Here are some of them:
- Be Grateful – People who are not grateful are no givers. They rarely think about others and instead, they think a lot of themselves. “Their days consist of looking for others to help them, give to them, and serve them. And when others don’t fulfill that expectation, they wonder why.” Here is the key to life.
You really can get everything you want in life if you truly focus on helping enough people to get what they want.
It is the law of the harvest. And this law always comes full circle. I have been the recipient of many blessings throughout the course of my life that I did not deserve. Someone else paid for them. And for that, I am super grateful. My life has been blessed over and over again because others took the time to invest in me. And it will never be forgotten. Now it is my turn to give back.
- Put People First – All the things of the world are temporary. It’s people that matter. “Your career, hobbies, and other interests will die with you.” People continue on. George Carver, American botanist and inventor, once said, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of those things.”
When people stand up and talk about us at our funeral what is it that they will say? Will their words be short because there isn’t much good to say? Or will there be a tribute that is remembered for a long time to come, by many who’s lives you have blessed, because you took the time to invest in them. Ye shall rest easy in heaven if you simply took the time to put others first.
Restin easy, Cram